The Roots Project is an `aina-to-table initiative that aims to strengthen the Kalihi Valley community through the growing, preparing and sharing of food. Roots is grounded in Hawaiian traditions and practices of land stewardship and collective work. We find our inspiration in the resilient spirit of the valley's people who value the ways that sharing food and culture connect us to one another.
The work of Roots grows from Ho`oulu `Aina in Kalihi Uka and spreads down the valley toward the sea to support KKV programs and find new opportunities to build health through food, story sharing and connections to the land. Roots activities include community food production at Ho`oulu `Aina and across Kalihi Valley, cooking workshops, culinary programming at KKV’s commercial-grade community kitchen, and a wide range of shared meals, including imu, umu and omw.
Roots is funded through a Kresge Foundation grant to develop unique projects that integrate community health and prevention with primary care.